Faculty & Facilities
Our faculty and mentors work closely with students in the generous studios and critique spaces that are the homebase of the program.
Chair of MFA Visual Studies, Associate Professor in MFA Visual Studies
MFA 2002 New York University (Studio Art)
BA 1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sociology/Psychology)
Small shifts in what is familiar amplify human presence and speak to the intricacies of social relations in MK Guth’s work. Her videos depart form everyday scenarios into the site of fiction as an entry point to more complicated issues of identity and self and her sculptural installations often act as visual containers for audience interaction.
M.K. Guth works across video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive projects. She is a recipient of a Ford Family Foundation Fellowship, Bonnie Bronson Award, and a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award through the Seattle Art Museum. Exhibitions include those at The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Boise Art Museum, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia, Nottdance Festival, Swiss Institute, Gallery-Pfeister (Gudhjem Denmark), Franklin Parrasch Gallery, White Columns, The Art Production Fund (NYC / Las Vegas), Yerba Buena, and the Henry Art Museum. Guth is a member of RED SHOE SERVICE, a collaborative interactive video/performance project. She’s represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Cristin Tierney Gallery.
Mentor Student Relationship
The mentor-student relationship is personal and unique and is at the heart of the MFA in Visual Studies Program. The role of the mentor requires more than just teaching; the mentor also acts as an advocate, critic and colleague for the MFA candidate. This mentor-based experience should encourage a self-designed, independent inquiry while supporting the individual candidate’s needs. The program will connect the student with a mentor who directly
identifies with the candidate’s focus from the wider network of the Portland arts community and PNCA faculty. This one-on-one relationship makes use of the knowledge transfer from mentor to student and creates a supportive environment for the candidate to conduct original research and develop new ideas.
Mentors we work with:
WENDY REDSTAR, KRISTAN KENNEDY, YAEL AMIR, ERIN BOBERG, RALPH PUGAY, MODOU DIENG, SHARITA TOWNE, DEREK FRANKLIN, GARRICK IMATANI, JESSIE MEJIA, JODIE CAVALIER, NAN CURTIS, STORM THARP
KEYON GASKIN, PETER SIMENSKY, LAURA HUGHES, MK GUTH, VICTOR MALDONADO, BOBBI WOODS, ZACHARY RAU, LINDA WYSONG, EVAN LALONDE, AERON BERGMAN, ALEJANDRA SALINAS, MICHAEL LAZARUS
EMILY GINSBURG, SAMANTHA WALL, RACHEL WOLF, RYAN PIERCE, CRYSTAL SCHENCK, DANIELA MOLNAR, ELIZABETH MALASKA, JOEL FISCHER, ROY TOMLINSON, TERESA CHRISTENSEN, CHIARA GIOVANDO
DAVID ECKARD, JESSIE SPIESS WERNER, STEPHEN SLAPPE, JESS PERLITZ, DRU DONOVAN, JOHN HOUCK,
Studios and Spaces
Visual Studies students work in individual private studios for the entire duration of the 2 year program, including the Summer. Also included are critique and exhibition spaces equipped with projectors as well as a community kitchen, computer workstations, printer and scanner.